1) Sept 20 -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announces the opening of a docket to obtain comment on the draft National One Health Framework to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Advance Public Health Preparedness in the United States: A Framework for One Health Coordination and Collaboration across Federal Agencies (NOHF-Zoonoses). As directed by Congress through the House Appropriations Committee report accompanying the 2021 omnibus appropriations bill and the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act, CDC has partnered with the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and other departments and agencies to develop this One Health framework to address zoonotic diseases and advance public health preparedness. This framework will facilitate One Health collaboration for zoonotic disease prevention and control across the United States Government for the next five years. It describes a common vision, mission, and goals for key federal partners involved in implementing a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases and advance public health preparedness in the United States.
Written comments must be received on or before November 6, 2023.
Previous multisectoral work has identified a need for a national One Health framework to address zoonotic diseases and advance public heath preparedness in the United States. In 2017, CDC, DOI, and USDA organized a One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization (OHZDP) workshop for the United States. Participants included 30 government officials from federal and state agencies who work to address zoonotic diseases in the public health, animal health, and environment sectors. The workshop used a One Health approach to identify and prioritize endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases of greatest national concern for the United States that should be jointly addressed by federal zoonotic disease programs. Participants also developed plans for implementing and strengthening One Health approaches to address these diseases in the United States. The development of the NOHF-Zoonoses responds to one of the recommendations from the OHZDP workshop. In addition, Congress directed CDC, in partnership with other departments and agencies, to develop a One Health framework to address zoonotic diseases and advance public health preparedness in both the House Appropriations Committee report accompanying the 2021 omnibus appropriations bill and the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act.
The draft NOHF-Zoonoses, found in the Supporting Materials tab of the docket, is focused on coordinated federal activities in the United States and describes a common vision, mission, and goals for key federal partners involved in implementing a One Health approach to address zoonotic diseases. Successful federal One Health collaboration is contingent on continued strong partnerships and coordination with public health, agriculture, wildlife, plant, environment, and other relevant authorities at state, tribal, local, and territorial levels. One Health partnerships to address zoonotic diseases cross federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial government jurisdictions and involve non-governmental, academic, and private sector partners. All relevant sectors are encouraged to collaborate for effective and consistent One Health outcomes.
Although this framework focuses primarily on zoonotic diseases and does not address other issues of One Health importance, the resulting partnerships, systems, and lessons will inform future One Health work and strengthen the nation's ability to address other threats and promote health, safety, security, and resilience at the human-animal-plant-environment interface.
Additional background information can be found on the following websites.
• Federal One Health Coordination: https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/what-we-do/federal-coordination.html
• United States Joint External Evaluation: https://www.who.int/publications/i/item/WHO-WHE-CPI-2017.13
• United States One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Report: https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/pdfs/us-ohzdp-report-508.pdf
CDC, USDA, and DOI will be offering three webinars to answer questions concerning the draft NOHF-Zoonoses. The time, date, and links to these webinars will be provided in a separate Federal Register notice.
Interested persons or organizations are invited to participate by submitting written views, recommendations, and data. CDC and our federal partners invite input from interested parties throughout public health, agriculture, wildlife, environment, and other relevant sectors including authorities at the state, tribal, local, and territorial levels, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, private sector, the public, and others on the proposed One Health framework to address zoonotic diseases and advance public health preparedness. This input is a valuable component in finalizing the framework, and the community's time and consideration are appreciated.
CDC and our federal partners invite public comments to inform revisions to the proposed framework and follow-up activities. Commenters are encouraged to answer the following questions:
-- Are there any new or proposed objectives that should be prioritized?
-- What attributes and characteristics of the proposed framework will most likely lead to success?
-- Are there any specific barriers or gaps to achieving success?
-- Are there any critical steps or milestones necessary to successfully implement the proposed framework?
-- How do state, tribal, local, and territorial partners, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, private sector partners, and other partners want to engage with federal collaborators to advance implementation of this framework?
-- What additional One Health issues should be prioritized in the future?
-- What information or recommendations are needed to ensure the guiding principles of health equity, sustainability, stewardship, and a multisectoral approach are adequately addressed in the framework? How can these guiding principles be elevated during follow-up development and drafting of implementation plans?
2) Sept 25 -- The CDC in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the availability of informational webinars on October 3, 12, and 18 related to the draft framework titled “National One Health Framework to Address Zoonotic Diseases and Advance Public Health Preparedness in the United States: A Framework for One Health Coordination and Collaboration across Federal Agencies (NOHF-Zoonoses).”